LORD, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.
Some days, writing my Daily Devotions is smooth sailing. I read the appointed scriptures from Old and New Testaments and a verse pops right out at me. Sews the seeds of a story which grows rapidly and flourishes on the page.
Most days, however, it's a matter of my re-reading the scriptures. Seeing more than one possibility. Unable to pin one down easily. Waiting for God to speak to my heart.
And, He never fails me. Never lets me down.
Even when He does not come quickly to my aid.
Like today . . .
While there are several appealing prospects, I cannot decide. I take them, one by one, and meditate upon them. Is there a story here? Yes, but is it one I can make personal for my readers?
Back and forth I go. Between Exodus, the Psalms, and Colossians. The Gospel is out as I have written a previous devotion related to it.
Perusing. Pondering. Rolling the potential of each around in my head.
I even do some internet research on topics that might be applicable. Ones that could bring enlightenment to the verse.
Now, I'm becoming a bit anxious. What if this is the one day, after the over 300 I've spent in God's word, in creating devotions, when He forsakes me?
Nonsense! You know better!
I plug away. Mulling over this verse. That verse. Think I've settled . . .
No, it's just not quite right.
I turn to my husband, Danny, who is working at home today.
"I can't believe this! Why can't I decide on a scripture? Find a story? The last two days they've simply fallen into my lap. I'm just not hearing His message for these. It's so frustrating!"
"Go back one more time," he advises. "It's there somewhere. It will come."
I heave a sigh and do as Danny says.
But, instead of returning to a verse I am contemplating in Psalm 38, I reread the entire thing . . .
And, there it is!!!
God's awesome reminder that He is never far from me when I have faith in Him.
Are there times when God seems so far away from you?
Will you join me in prayer?
Help us, Father, to have faith and know that You will never forsake us or be far from our cries. May we live to serve You in all things. Let us hear Your voice guiding us into all truth. Amen.
Psalms 38 or 119:25-48